Ad Verbum

From IFWiki

(Redirected from IFID:ZCODE-1-000925-2BAE)

Green IF comp ribbon.png
IF Comp 2000
4th of 53
Two white ribbons.png
XYZZY Awards 2000
Finalist - Best Individual Puzzle, Best Use of Medium
Ad Verbum
Author(s) Nick Montfort
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 2000
Authoring system Inform 6
Platform(s) Z-code 5
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How it Begins

You are a seasoned adventurer, hired to aid in the demolition of the Wizard of Wordplay's mansion. You are in the mansion's foyer. The demolition contractor tells you to pick up everything that's not bolted down and throw it into the dumpster, then leaves. You are carrying nothing.

Notable Features

  • Most puzzles are solved by wordplay of various kinds, often playing on parser IF conventions.
  • Best known for the alliterative rooms, in which every word printed (including parser responses and objects) begins with a single letter. Within the rooms, the parser only accepts commands beginning with that letter; the puzzle lies in thinking up appropriate synonyms for simple actions.


Competition release

Release 11

  • Ad Verbum (Nick Montfort; 2006; Z-code).

Online Versions

  • [1] Release 11 on-line on Nick Montfort's site
  • [2] Release 4 on Digital Eel (Java)
  • [3] Release 1 on-line at

Spanish translation


General Info


See also the IF Comp 2000 Reviews.